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Old 07-10-2013, 07:56 PM   #1
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My nitrates will not go down

They just seem to be getting higher. I even did a 25% water change. I need help please
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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How often have you been doing water changes? Age of tank? How often, how much, and what food do you feed? What kind of filtration do you run?
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Most of all what are your tank inhabitants.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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This is my set up. Was up and running for around 3 years before I bought it. I've had it for 5 weeks. I have an eshoppe protein skimmer rated for up to 100 gallons. An hob aqua tech rated for 40-60 gallons. All I have in it is bags of carbon and phosphate pads. I have a koralia 750 power head about 50# of live rock 1 1/2 inch sandbed. I give them just a pinch of ocean nutrition prime reef flakes food or one cube of ocean nutrition formula one frozen food. Every other day. I have a mono and damsel in a 55 gallon along with about a dozen red/blue leg hermits a few snail and an emerald crab. Plus 2 frags. Been doing 10% water changes. All my other levels are perfect except nitrates
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Once a week on water changes. Bumped it to 25% today and until the nitrate problem is solved
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Wow, does not seem right....With what you are saying are you sure the test was correct...Take a sample to your lfs most of them test free and compare...Test the water you use for water changes before you add it and see what you get....
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:55 PM   #7
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I tested the water. No nitrates in it. I've been taken my water to the fish store to have it tested twice a week for 5 weeks until I bought the same test kit they use today. I've watched them do it every time and read the instructions before I did it. Went exactly by the instructions. Even double tested
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try doing 2 back to back 50% WC to drop nitrates this will help get them back in a safe range but you may still need a third 50% wc in next day or so
1 small 25% wc per week just wont cut it to bring down nitrates in a timely fashion when they get that high
what brought your nitrates up are you over feeding
or maybe stirring up sand or moving rocks around a lot
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #9
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When I moved the tank it stirred up a lot of stuff and when I cleaned all the algae out of the tank
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:24 PM   #10
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Back to back. Like two days in a row
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